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Better Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis in Patients Who Experienced a Full-Term Pregnancy.
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PMID:  22854684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective: We conducted a longitudinal prospective study to evaluate the long-term effect of pregnancy on the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Method: Parous female MS patients were extracted from the database of Isfahan Multiple Sclerosis Society (IMSS). Through comparing the annual relapsing rate during a mean of 4 years before pregnancy versus a mean of 6 years after delivery, MS progression influenced by the pregnancy was analyzed. Result: 102 female patients were included in our study. The mean annual relapsing rate 4 years prior to pregnancy was significantly higher than at the subsequent 6 years after delivery (1.06 vs. 0.45, p < 0.001). In addition, the annual relapsing rate in years prior to pregnancy was significantly higher than each trimester of gestation (p < 0.001). Furthermore, there was a 2.2-fold increased risk of having a relapse in individuals who had experienced more relapses prior to pregnancy, and a 0.8-fold decreased in the risk of having more relapses with older age at the onset of MS. Conclusion: Although the course of MS was deteriorated 3 months after delivery, it was not statistically significant comparing annual relapsing rates during the years prior to pregnancy. Moreover, the rate of disease progression slowed down in the 6-year period monitored after delivery.
Kiandokht Keyhanian; Vahid Davoudi; Masoud Etemadifar; Mohammad Amin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  European neurology     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1421-9913     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0150760     Medline TA:  Eur Neurol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  150-155     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Isfahan Neurosciences Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
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